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Byline: BY SAM LISTER Daily Post Staff

WITH hundreds of exhibitions and performances lined up to coincide with the Biennial, deciding which of the city's other cultural offers to enjoy is a tough choice.

But organisers have included an Also Recommended programme to ensure visitors do not miss out on artistic gems that are not officially part of the festival.

From Antony Gormley's iconic Another Place to exhibitions at the newly-created Greenland Street arts centre, there is something to appeal to all tastes.

Biennial chief executive Lewis Biggs said: "We think the Biennial Recommends is really important because it really soaks in between the cracks.

"We don't know how good all of the work that is exhibiting at the same time as the International is so we cannot give a blanket recommendation.

"But what we can do is pick out things that we know are of a good quality and will be on when they are supposed to be.

"We think that when people visit the city and only have one or two days to fit everything that we give them a real sense of what's on offer by pointing out some pieces of work that are important to see.

"It would be a shame if they came and just saw three or four of the main pieces and did not get beyond the main programme."

One of the major exhibitions to fall under the Recommends umbrella is Cape Farewell

Art and Climate Change.

It is being hosted by National Museums Liverpool together with John Moores University and features leading contemporary artists including Alex Hartley, Gary Hume, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey.

Cape Farewell came into being when artist David Buckland gathered together a group of artists to join climate scientists and educators on board The Noorderlicht, a 46m schooner, bound for the High Arctic.

To date there have been three expeditions enabling both the scientists and the artists to chart the effects of climate change in the region.

The artists have created work inspired by their voyages, using a range of different media including sound, video, sculpture, photography and painting.

Among the different parts of the exhibition, the National Conservation Centre will host Stranded by Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey which looks at how changes in temperature and ocean currents have effected whale populations, and Hermaphrodite Polar Bear by Gary Hume - an enamel painting inspired by the effects of pollution on the polar bear population.

Buckland said: "When I started talking to scientists about climate changes it was all numbers and statistics.

"I realised they were getting the conversation out to the public.

"What the artists have done is made the issue personal.

"The journeys themselves were real expeditions. We hit two storms, then ice. We just had a captain and a cook, so we were doing everything else ourselves but it was more than worth it.

"Everyone involved has come up with a completely different interpretation."

Insyde is an interactive installation designed specially for the Walker's upper hall by artist collective Airside.

They have created a stunning fantasy world using wall projections, music and a tribe of animated characters called FlowerBabs. Music for the work has been exclusively composed by Airside artist Fred Deakin, who is also one half of dance act Lemon Jelly.

Visitors walk into a blacked out room and have to stand on beams of lights on the floor to activate the creatures.

Deakin said: "The Walker approached us and asked us if we would do something that would connect with a young audience in Liver pool.

"We wanted it to be interactive, but not something where you just push a button. If you don't stand on the light it doesn't do anything."

Nat Hunter, fellow collective member, added: "The idea comes from walking into a woodland but this is a crazy woodland. There are lots of different creatures, and most you would not expect to find in a wood, like the octopus."


Insyde, above, is an interactive installation designed specially for the Walker's upper hall by artist collective Airside. Stranded, below, a minke whale skeleton, by Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, at the conservation centre
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Date:Sep 22, 2006
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